The State of Consumer Technology at the End of 2014

While the modern computing era in many respects began with the IBM System/360 mainframe and further expanded with the minicomputer, normal consumers didn’t start encountering computers until the personal computer. And, while mainframes are technically still around (while minicomputers are decidedly not), what is unique about the PC is that it is very much still […]

Daily Update: It’s Great to be Small, Niche Business Models, YouTube Seeking to Retain Stars

Good morning, I received multiple reports that Friday’s Daily Update was marked as containing phishing links. I can absolutely confirm this is not the case, so if you missed it, please take a look in your spam folder. For the third Monday in a row I’m writing about media – Media Mondays if you will.Subscribe […]

Podcast: Exponent Episode 028 – Squirrel!

On the newest episode of Exponent, the podcast I co-host with James Allworth: We discuss the recent App Store controversy and how a person – or company’s – greatest strength is also their greatest weakness. Plus a special 2nd recording about the Harvard business school professor and the Chinese restaurant. Links Cabel Sasser: Transmit iOS […]

Daily Update: Box Updates S-1 (and Look Great), Instagram Passes 300 Million, Microsoft Acquires HockeyApp

Good morning, According to Panic, Apple changed its mind about Transmit’s ability to add external files to iCloud Drive. This is certainly a positive development, and while I might be biased, I think it actually fits with what I wrote on Wednesday: a major stink was raised, alerting Apple’s engineering team to the issue, andSubscribe […]

Daily Update: The Silver Lining in Sony and Target, Iowa Launches Smartphone Driver’s License, Xiaomi Banned in India

Good morning, There have been some really great discussions on the Stratechery Forum over the last week. If you haven’t stopped by, do check it out. Please note, if you have login issues, make sure you use your member name, not email address on the login page. I’m hoping to address some of the siteSubscribe […]

Daily Update: App Store Anguish, Old Apple’s Last Stand, Time for a Change?

Good morning, Today’s update is, perhaps, a bit controversial, but my conclusion is not one I have come to recently, or lightly. On to the update: App Store Anguish The App Store is in the news again, and, unfortunately, it’s for all the wrong reasons. Again. The recent string of complaints are primarily about newSubscribe […]

Docker and the Integrated Open Source Company

It’s been a long time since an open source project has gotten as much buzz and attention as Docker. The easiest way to explain the concept is, well, to look at the logo of the eponymous1 company that created and manages the project: The reference in the logo is to shipping containers, one of the […]

Daily Update: On The New Republic, Journalism, and BuzzFeed; Uber and Portland; Uber and India

Good morning, Today’s report is a little long and little late due to some late-breaking developments. My apologies. On to the update: On the New Republic, Journalism, and BuzzFeed Anyone who follows journalism even tangentially was certainly inundated with the news about the upheaval at The New Republic. In case you missed it, a summarySubscribe […]

Podcasts: Exponent 027 – Regulation, Stagnation, and Culture, The Jay and Farhad Show

On the newest episode of Exponent, the podcast I co-host with James Allworth: We follow up on last week’s Uber discussion, talk about the problem with regulation, and worry about stagnation and the different cultures of Europe, America, and Asia. Links Nicole Campbell: What Was Said at the Uber Dinner – Huffington Post Lane Wood: […]